Internova Travel Group’s Corporate Travel Division Launches Sustainability Platform for Clients
ALTOUR UK partners with Thrust Carbon for initial corporate client offering
LONDON (November 10, 2021) – With businesses across the globe refocussing their efforts to tackle climate change as COP 26 descends on Glasgow this month, Internova Travel Group, one of the largest travel services companies in the world, has announced a new sustainability initiative for clients within its corporate travel division. ALTOUR UK, one of the brands in the division, entered into a client-focussed sustainability partnership with Thrust Carbon to enable clients to purchase carbon offsets.
It’s no longer enough for a Travel Management Company to simply book and manage travel – all of our clients are looking for a joined-up and efficient experience. Adapting in a post-pandemic era means that we must look at the full picture, whether that be robust duty-of-care services or through innovative sustainability solutions.
Gabe Rizzi, President of Internova Travel Group
During the pandemic, Internova recognised the exponential growth in demand for practical resources to support carbon offsetting goals. The strategic partnership with Thrust Carbon launches as the company says it hopes to help pave the way to more sustainable solutions for its corporate clients who are concerned about reducing and tracking their carbon footprint.
Clients will benefit from a range of resources including: access to the highest quality offsetting projects including forestry and conservation opportunities; comprehensive emissions data to allow them to analyse their travel footprint; sustainability consultations which align with Science Based Targets.
Maria Baty, Managing Director of ALTOUR UK, said:
“Sustainability is the word on everyone’s lips right now – but what matters most, is action. As a Travel Management Company, we must be accountable when it comes to what we contribute to the sustainability landscape. That means re-evaluating where and how we can make a meaningful impact through our partnerships.
“Equally, our clients need personal accountability for their own travel plans. Partnering with Thrust Carbon will enable our clients to take their sustainability strategies to the next level and provide a transparent account of how they can enact positive change within their businesses.”
Gabe Rizzi, President of Internova Travel Group, explained that the strategic partnership with Thrust Carbon is just one example of how the company is evolving in a post-pandemic era:
“It’s no longer enough for a Travel Management Company to simply book and manage travel – all of our clients are looking for a joined-up and efficient experience. Adapting in a post-pandemic era means that we must look at the full picture, whether that be robust duty-of-care services or through innovative sustainability solutions.”
Internova’s corporate travel division is comprised of travel companies ALTOUR, Travel Leaders Corporate, Corporate Travel Services and Halifax-based Your Event Solutions (YES). The company is proactively implementing long-term sustainability programmes across its entire network, including certifications, risk management solutions and working with suppliers with social and environmental practices. The company also plans to roll out sustainability platforms for its other UK-based travel agency brands, including Barrhead Travel and Global Travel Collection UK.
ALTOUR UK’s partnership with Thrust Carbon will be available as a subscription to all existing and new clients from January 2022
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With sales of over $4 billion in 2019, ALTOUR is one of the largest travel management companies in the United States and one of the largest travel management companies globally. Serving the corporate and leisure luxury and mid-markets and entertainment community, ALTOUR has 53 offices and more than 1,300 travel professionals worldwide. In addition to travel management services, ALTOUR companies include ALTOUR Air, ALTOUR Meetings & Incentives and the ALTOUR Global Network.
About Internova Travel Group
Internova Travel Group is one of the largest travel services companies in the world with a collection of leading brands delivering high-touch, personal travel expertise to leisure and corporate clients. Internova manages leisure, business and franchise firms through a portfolio of distinctive divisions. Internova represents more than 62,000 travel advisors in over 6,000 company-owned and affiliated locations predominantly in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, with a presence in more than 80 countries.